Defending the UK

What started it

I found myself doing some reading about recent British Defence strategy and policy. It started with a blog by John Snow, questioning the British military’s obsession with supporting the US, it’s a sort of trickle down, but we can’t afford the technology any more. Military technology works because its new and different and expensive to copy and counter. Snow points at James Meek’s review of five books about Britain’s War in Afghanistan, called “worse than defeat” in the London Review of Books. Continue reading “Defending the UK”

Labour’s Leadership Election Timetable

Last Month, Harriet Harman writes,

As well as mounting a strong opposition to the Tories and understanding the lessons from our election defeat, we need to get on and elect a new Leader and Deputy Leader.

The NEC met this afternoon to decide on the timetable for the leadership election, ….

This leadership election will be run under the new rules we agreed last year: a broad and inclusive contest with one person, one vote. Continue reading “Labour’s Leadership Election Timetable”

London Labour’s Mayoral Candidate Selection

The Labour Party is undertaking a process to choose a candidate to run for Mayor of London. This process is in four parts,

  1. Application Stage – now complete
  2. Nomination Stage – closes 10th June
  3. Selection Panel Stage – currently advertised as complete  on 13th June
  4. Voting – starts 12th August, finishes Noon 12th September

The misleadingly named Nomination stage is (to be) performed by members at all members meetings and by affiliated organisations according to their own rules. Candidates need five nominations to be considered in the Selection Panel stage, there are 72 Labour Party membership organisations in London, together with at least 13 trade unions plus the socialist societies, five is not a high threshold.

The Selection panel stage will be closed and opaque, and has previously caused some controversy, but its one of the reasons that the nomination stage takes place to allow a visible indication of support; perhaps they’ve learnt from the European Parliamentary selection.  (The panel consists of 6 members and may have been chosen by lottery.)

Voting will be done by all London members, affiliate members and registered supporters, will be conducted using a secret postal ballot (or on-line). There are no “colleges” so each vote is of equal worth. This is the “One Member, One Vote” closed primary promised when Labour’s Special Conference adopted the recommendations and rule changes of the Collins Review. You can join, or become a registered supporter by going to  the Labour’s Party’s join us page. Affiliated membership is via your trade union or an affiliated socialist society.

Huppert’s parliamentary record

I have been considering Julian Huppert’s record as an MP and have come across the following resources to help me understand it. I have of course seen him speak at the last three OrgCON conferences,  the recent Digital Question time and in the Westminster Hall debate on Snowden & GCHQ, which I reviewed in my blog article, “Who watches the Watchmen?”. I also talk about him here, in an article called “Grandstanding”. where I examine the growing trivialisation of his position dated from his support of Drip. It seems he’s been bugging me for a while, here’s more of my ranting. In this last piece I suggest he puts his party before the cause , and it now would seem that he now puts himself before his party.  We should note that the “Public Whip” documents his acts of rebellion to the ConDem government at 3.5%. Continue reading “Huppert’s parliamentary record”

On Copyright

As a result of the EP’s LIBE committee report on the EU Copyright Regulation, in Feb 2015, I built a Storify page and propose to write a blog article. This page captures some of the resources I used to write it. They come from my blog, the IP Kat, out-law.com, torrentfreak and flickr, where martin Fisch’s picture is embedded in the text and used as a featured image. Continue reading “On Copyright”

Labour’s Rule Book

I have posted and try to maintain  the most recent copy of the Labour Party Rule Book  that I can find, this is also hidden in member’s net; this latter link requires a login and the search engines have difficulty in finding it.

I have also created a bit.ly short name for the LP’s version, bit.ly/uklabourrules17. This copy of the rules is the 2017 rules, presumably authorised by lab16. Hover over the links to see the tool tips.  Continue reading “Labour’s Rule Book”

Yvette Cooper at Demos

The challenges of a Digital World to our Security and Liberty – Yvette Cooper speech to Demos

This source is labeld check against delivery.

Yvette Cooper speech to Demos in March 2014 here, from Labour Press’ tumblr account.

  1. does she mention court secrecy? No.
  2. she doesn’t address the potential need for two agencies one for spying and one for defending UK cyberspace
  3. no mention of copyright crime which is good, most people will allow greater compromises in privacy to prosecute and prevent terrorism and child abuse, and they’d put their bank accounts before the copyright holders interests.
  4. No mention of the fact that the NSA and thus the US Government are a threat to ecommerce
  5. No mention of national security of supply

it’s clearly aimed at fighting terrorism, child abuse and defending the ecommerce infrastructure

At the same time the Prime Minister has also said that GCHQ and the NSA can do more to tackle child pornography on the dark net, to “decrypt encrypted files, and… find out what is going on”. A new strategy is needed to make sure the fight against online child abuse can keep up with new technology – including looking at the legal framework, resources, structures and the role for the private sector and internet service providers to do more.

Cameron’s been watching CSIcyber again, but Yvette’s response is reasoned

 

The summary reseats the speech in the legal powers and supervison policy domain.

I rather like this,

The digital age generates every second new and amazing opportunities that we should seize. But we cannot duck our responsibilities to face up to the difficult challenges it poses too – to make sure that the digital age serves the public and our democracy, and not the other way round.

What I plan to say on the Euro Husting blog article, which picks up the press articles, Guardian and Register

… pointed to Yvette Cooper’s speech to Demos on the balance between security and privacy in the internet age. I have to say, I missed this when it was reported by the Guardian, and would have been unsurprised by the Register’s hostile headline but we can read the speech for ourselves here. Id’ say it’s better than its critics suggest; there’s a growing consensus that RIPA gets it wrong and the recognition that privacy is part of the balance is a better position than the Tories and spies take and that many had expected from the Labour Front bench.

ooOOOoo

Convoy’s Wharf

I returned to this in March as the Mayor sought comments in the final stage of consultation before agreeing or rejecting outline planning permission. New Cross Labour have published Joan Ruddock’s submission on their web site, here. She is arguing for the cultural planning gain represented by the Sayes Court Garden project and the Build the Lenox project. 20 March 2014

Previously I was working my way through the Officers report to Lewisham’s strategic planning committee which rejected the plan as it now stands on six grounds. Continue reading “Convoy’s Wharf”